Integrative Medicine Item Writing Needs

This resource information is only intended for use by registered ABPS subject matter experts.

Updated January 23, 2023

When writing new items, we ask that you focus on areas of greatest need, as indicated by the table below. Please concentrate your efforts on the areas in red text first.

Domain Subdomain Number of Items Needed
1. Nutrition
Nutrient imbalances 9
Preventive Diets 8
Macronutrients 7
Food Quality 12
Therapeutic Diets
Elimination Diets
Functional Foods
2. Dietary Supplements, Botanicals and other Natural Products
Adverse Effects/Drug Interactions
Evidence for Safety/Effectiveness
Quality Controls and Regulation 4
3. Mind-Body Medicine
Mental and Emotional Influences on Health 20
Physical Influences on Mental/Emotional Health 33
Self-Regulation Therapies
Placebo/Nocebo 4
4. Spirituality, Religion, and Meaning
Community and Connection 5
Spiritual Assessment
Spiritual Suffering and Alienation
Evidence for the Impact of Spirituality on Health Outcomes
5. Complementary Modalities
Movement Therapies 5
Manual Therapies 5
Acupuncture 19
Expressive Arts 5
Biofield Therapies
6. Whole Medical Systems
Functional Medicine 15
Naturopathic Medicine 6
Osteopathic Medicine 8
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chiropractic 8
Homeopathic Medicine
Indigenous Medical Systems 7
7. Lifestyle, Prevention and Health Promotion
Sleep 3
Physical Activity and Exercise
Self-Care and Well-Being 14
Behaviors Influencing Health 5
Patient-Centered Communication 6
Environmental Factors
Risk Reduction
Motivational Interviewing
Social Determinants of Health 6
8. In­tegrative Approaches
Women’s Health
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Men’s Health
Pain Management 5
Allergy and Immunology 2
Geriatrics 4
Infectious Disease
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Hospice and Palliative Care 3
9. Foundations of Integrative Medicine
Person-centered Care
10. Professional Practice of Integrative Medicine
Evidence-based Principles and Practice
Systems-based Practice 7
Medical/Legal/Ethics 2

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